Initial Setup and Testing of Still

It is advised that you test your unit prior to the first use:

Before using your still for the first time, test it for leaks at all weld points. The unit has been individually tested after manufacture, however, it is important to perform another test in case of damage during shipping.
To test the still, add 4 qt. of water to the kettle. Attach the column to the kettle and place the stopper and thermometer snugly on top of the column. Bring the water to a rolling boil on your heat source until steam escapes from the end of the condenser. Ensure that there is no steam escaping from any other area of the extractor.


In order to maximize the amount of steam escaping, you should not run
cooling water at this time. You should test your thermometer for accuracy, and to confirm the boiling temperature at your altitude. To do this, place the end of the thermometer into a pot of boiling water. Record this reading as this will be the boiling temperature of water according to your thermometer.


Attach hose clamps to hoses

Using a pair of pliers, squeeze the prongs of the hose clamp together and
slide it approximately 1 inch from the end of the hose. Each of the 18
long hoses will need a clamp on each end. The 4 length of hose requires
a clamp on only one end. Both 8 hoses require a hose clamp on one end
only, unless you choose to use a running water source. If this is the case,
you will need to add the brass hose fitting and hose clamp to the opposite
end of one of your 8 long hoses. To attach the hoses to your distiller,
slide the hose onto the appropriate line on the distiller (as required for the
intended mode of operation), then squeeze the prongs of the hose clamp
with pliers, and slide it over the connection. To remove hose, squeeze the
prongs of the hose clamp and slide off of the connection, then remove

When using the submersible water pump to re-circulate your cooling
water, it is important that your water remains cool enough to condense the
vapor efficiently. The simplest option is to use a large cooler with ice water
(or alternatively, cold water with frozen soda bottles). If necessary,
add more ice as the process warms the water. This dramatically reduces
water consumption when compared with connecting to a water source.

A detailed list of hose connections is included in the distillation
method sections.